When comparing Yuneec Typhoon H vs Parrot AR Drone 2.0, the Slant community recommends Parrot AR Drone 2.0 for most people. In the question“What are the best drones for hacking?” Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is ranked 1st while Yuneec Typhoon H is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is:
The team at NodeCopter team have assembled a [list] of modules that can be installed on the AR Drone 2.0 such as face recognition or controlling it via your web browser. There is also [SkyJack], a program for using your AR Drone 2.0 to hunt down and take control of other Parrot Drones. It uses a Raspberry Pi with an Alfa AWUS036H wireless adapter in order to interact with the WiFi networks of other drones around yours. : http://nodecopter.com/hack#npm-modules : http://samy.pl/skyjack/
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Pro Very flexible camera movement
The camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal which not only makes taking very steady captures easy, but also allows the camera to swivel 360 degrees. In addition, the landing gear retracts, so it doesn’t get in the way of your panning shots. The camera itself is on par with those found on other drones in this price range.
Pro Can be operated by two people at once
You can buy a second, smaller controller (with no screen) and have a second person controlling certain drone functions. For example, you can use it while doing certain activities in Follow Me mode. Alternatively, you can use it as a separate flying controller, while the other person controls the camera, essentially dividing the tasks of flying and filming/shooting.
Pro Remote doesn’t need an additional smartphone or tablet
While many drones come with a remote that requires a smartphone or tablet to monitor flying data and view live images, the Typhoon H doesn't need this: it comes with a remote with a built-in display. It’s an HD touchscreen display that allows you to change settings and see what you are filming in real time.
Pro Obstacle avoidance system that works even in low light
This drone has a sonar-based obstacle avoidance system, meaning it works well even in poor light conditions.
Pro Quiet and smart 6-rotor flight system
While the majority of drones have four rotors, the Typhoon H uses six rotors. This design makes the drone quieter and ensures the drone is able to land safely in case one of the rotors malfunctions.
Pro Many tools for hacking and modding already exist
The team at NodeCopter team have assembled a list of modules that can be installed on the AR Drone 2.0 such as face recognition or controlling it via your web browser. There is also SkyJack, a program for using your AR Drone 2.0 to hunt down and take control of other Parrot Drones. It uses a Raspberry Pi with an Alfa AWUS036H wireless adapter in order to interact with the WiFi networks of other drones around yours.
Pro The option Flight Recorder GPS adds useful functionality
As an optional purchase of about 127 USD, the Flight Recorder GPS can be added to the AR Drone via the USB port which adds a multitude of capabilities such as geolocation, selecting destination via a map, recording with a 4GB flash memory, returning to take-off point as well as stability improvements.
Pro Has a large community
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is very popular with modders and hackers and has large communities with events such as NodeCopter.js, a full days event where developers team up in groups of 3 to hack.
Pro Great value for money (~$300 USD)
For the amount of features you get with the AR Drone 2.0, the price is excellent compared to the other drones. For about 300 USD(or 420 USD with the GPS addon) you receive all the basic and some advanced features of most drones for about half the price.
Pro Easy to use
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is incredibly easy to use as it is flown just by using your iPhone or Android device. There are no complicated controls and it is easy to connect, just join the Drones network, launch the app and fly.
Con Takes some time to set up the drone
It takes a while to set up the drone, since you need to unfold and lock all of the arms and install each propeller.
Con Batteries take a long time to charge
It takes about 2 hours to charge the batteries, which is twice as long as other similar drones take.
Con Underpowered out of the box
For the cheaper price, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is less powerful out of the box. It lacks power, has a limited range and doesn't have a built in GPS. Out of the box the drone can only carry about 8 grams, which is extremely small compared to the other drones.The range can be increased with a simple range extender and the GPS extender can be bought from the website, but in order to improve the power, a motor and frame mod will have to be done, which is detailed in this video.